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Numerous guidelines outline best practices for health program monitoring and evaluation (M&E). However, health programs are often implemented in less than ideal circumstances where these best practices may not be resourced or feasible. This article describes how M&E has been conducted for a health service delivery improvement program in remote Papua New Guinea and outlines lessons learned. The lessons learned were to integrate M&E into every aspect of the program, strengthen existing health information data, link primary data collection with existing program activities, conduct regular monitoring and feedback for early identification of implementation issues, involve the program team in evaluation, and communicate M&E data through multiple mediums to stakeholders. These lessons could be applied to other health programs implemented in low resource settings.
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Name: Rural and remote health
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Activities and programs intended to assure or improve the quality of care in either a defined medical setting or a program. The concept includes the assessment or evaluation of the quality of care; identification of problems or shortcomings in the delivery of care; designing activities to overcome these deficiencies; and follow-up monitoring to ensure effectiveness of corrective steps.
Studies designed to assess the efficacy of programs. They may include the evaluation of cost-effectiveness, the extent to which objectives are met, or impact.
Federal program, enacted in 1997, for the funding of children's health insurance coverage at the state level for low-income families, affording them effective protection against erosions in employer sponsored coverage.
A cancer registry mandated under the National Cancer Act of 1971 to operate and maintain a population-based cancer reporting system, reporting periodically estimates of cancer incidence and mortality in the United States. The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program is a continuing project of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Among its goals, in addition to assembling and reporting cancer statistics, are the monitoring of annual cancer incident trends and the promoting of studies designed to identify factors amenable to cancer control interventions. (From National Cancer Institute, NIH Publication No. 91-3074, October 1990)
A self-evaluation of health status.